Ohio State Energy in the News

A Tale of Two Paths to the World in 2050

Cool Green Science

October 15, 2015

One of my first projects for the Conservancy back in 1992 was the place that would eventually come to be known as the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Central Florida. When I first knew it, though, it was a land of cow pastures, ditches, dirt roads and remnant patches of scrub, longleaf pine, and withering wetlands on the edge of Lake Russell near Orlando.

I remember visiting the property with TNC scientists and listening to them talk about the science and feasibility of restoration, and thinking, is restoration of such a place even possible?

Featured expert: References paper co-authored by Jeff Bielicki, assistant professor, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering

Business Wire,
Is It Possible? A Future Where People and Nature Thrive
The Nature Conservancy, The Science of Sustainability

More Funding Helps Ohio State Lab Boost Lake Erie Research


October 9, 2018

New funding from the state will help researchers better examine environmental problems in Lake Erie.

Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory plans to build a $1.9 million laboratory on Gibraltar Island, near Put-In-Bay, and use additional funds for cutting-edge new equipment.

… Stone Lab director Christopher Winslow says the technology will be used to monitor the lake and study issues like harmful algal blooms.

Featured Expert: Christopher Winslow, Director, Ohio Sea Grant

Fuel-Cell-Powered Buses Can Be Borrowed from SARTA, at No Charge


October 8, 2018

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority and the manufacturers of its 13 fuel cell-powered buses have launched a national promotion to persuade other transit authorities to switch to hydrogen fuel cells and show the public just how quiet and clean the buses are.

…Working in concert with the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, SARTA then applied for federal grants to buy its first fuel cell bus, which arrived in the fall of 2016.

Ohio State Students Digging into Food Waste


October 8, 2018

While it sounds more like a dare than research, student employees at The Ohio State University are willingly donning plastic suits and masks to dig into trash and pull out tossed food in its various forms: partly eaten, uneaten, wet and reeking. By weighing their findings, they hope to measure and eventually cut food waste on campus.

Featured expert: Mary Leciejewski, senior sustainability coordinator, Facilities, Operations & Development

Dandelions Ruin Your Front Yard but Could Be the Future of the Rubber Industry

The Wall Street Journal

October 3, 2018

Scientists have been tackling the vexing issue for decades, trying new tactics and engineering new equipment. Researchers have traveled to the high plains in Kazakhstan in pursuit. Companies and governments are spending heavily.

Their mission: Grow more dandelions.

Featured expert: John Cardina, assistant professor of horticulture and crop science

Stone Lab, Ohio Sea Grant getting $2.6M for Lake Erie research

Port Clinton News Herald

October 3, 2018

One of the epicenters for harmful algal bloom research in Lake Erie will be getting a significant expansion following a major investment from state lawmakers.

As part of the Clean Lake 2020 Plan, an investment of $2.65 million was made in the Ohio Sea Grant Program and Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory for the construction of new lab space and the purchase of additional research equipment.

ALSO: Cleveland.com, Ohio State's Stone Lab receives $2.7M for new lab, technology



September 29, 2018

Featured expert: Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the Center for Automotive Research

OSU and Hilliard team up to teach high school students about environmental science


September 29, 2018

Faculty and staff from The Ohio State University teamed up with the City of Hilliard to set up six ecology work stations at Latham Park, off Cosgray and Scioto Darby Roads, for high schools students to learn about careers in environmental science. Students from Hilliard Davidson, Darby and Bradley high schools put on waders, viewed water samples through microscopes, and guided boats across the water to study fish and birds in the area.

How Climate Change Is Destabilizing the Food Supply Chain

Risk & Insurance

September 28, 2018

...It’s one brand of risk management to prepare your company for a sudden, temporary shortage of key materials caused by a natural disaster. It’s quite another to consider a long-term or even permanent absence of an essential ingredient or part.

Climate change is increasing that risk for a variety of agricultural products. Changing temperature and precipitation patterns and volatile weather event exposures are turning once-arable land into inhospitable environments for certain tender crops. The list of those under known threat includes such core staples as coffee, avocados, wine grapes, chickpeas, peanuts and — sadly — chocolate and vanilla.

Featured expert: Phil Renaud, executive director of The Risk Institute

Freezing fuel economy standards will slow innovation and make US auto companies less competitive

The Conversation

September 28, 2018

The United States has led the world in establishing standards and regulations governing vehicle fuel economy, tailpipe emissions and safety. Over the past 50 years, these policies have made the world cleaner and safer. Now the Trump administration is moving to freeze fuel economy and tailpipe emission standards for new cars, instead of carrying forward with the latest round of improvements mandated under President Obama.

Featured expert: column author Giorgio Rizzoni, professor of mechanical and aerospace and electrical and computer engineering and director, Center for Automotive Research

To study global warming, this OSU team hikes to the ends of the Earth

Columbus Underground

September 17, 2018

This summer, an expedition from the Ohio State University set out to the ends of the Earth to study one of Earth’s greatest threats. The team of scientists from OSU’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center first flew from Columbus to Lima, then to Cusco, and then drove for a day to a place called Quelccaya.

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, School of Earth Sciences

Scientists, others hear farmers’ perspective at algae conference

Toledo Blade

September 14, 2018

Featured expert: Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab director



September 12, 2018

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor of earth sciences

ALSO:New York Post: Scientists create most detailed map of Antarctica ever

New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’

New York Times

Sept. 7, 2018

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor of earth sciences

Energy-harnessing equipment makes lasting impact on recreation centers

The Lantern

Sept. 6, 2018

The introduction of energy-efficient SportsArt equipment to Jesse Owens South and the RPAC has brought a new meaning to burning off fuel at the gym.

The new state of the art equipment cost roughly $25,000 and features treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes which allow users to generate energy back into the gym, according to Undergraduate Student Government Chief of Staff Zayn Dweik. These machines have cut down on energy use and the costs that come with it since their introduction in July.

OSU study: Fish’s vision, ability to hunt clouded by toxic algae blooms

Daily Reporter

August 30, 2018

A new Ohio State University study has found that toxic algal blooms pose a threat to Lake Erie’s top predator — the walleye.

Published in Conservation Physiology, the study found that walleye and the fish they eat struggle to see in water clouded by algae. Research revealed a decrease of more than 40 percent in the fish’s ability to see certain patterns — an effect that could jeopardize the species’ future if blooms remain persistent.

Featured expert: Suzanne Gray, assistant professor of aquatic physiological ecology

Scientists look for sweet spot in algae research with 'The Scum Project'

Toledo Blade

August 29, 2018

Scientists have a seemingly endless supply of papers chock full of arcane words that many of us mortals dismiss as gobbledygook because they are so technical and hard to understand.

Not so with a new initiative in western Lake Erie algal blooms, which speaks the language ordinary people can understand with this title: The Scum Project.

Featured expert: Suzanne Gray, assistant professor and physiological ecologist

Recycling Options Thin For Ohio State Students Living Off-Campus


August 29, 2018

It’s been six years since Columbus started offering free curb-side recycling. The program proved popular, but it’s only available to people who live in buildings with four or fewer units. That’s a big problem for student housing near The Ohio State University, a school that prides itself on zero waste.

Legislative panel hears from scientists on Lake Erie

Toledo Blade

August 29, 2018

An Ohio State University researcher examining the phosphorous runoff that feeds chronic toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie told lawmakers Tuesday that it might be more economically efficient to pay farmers rather than force them to try harder to keep fertilizers on their land.

“The cheapest approach would appear to be to implement a direct payment to farmers who demonstrate phosphorous reduction, a phosphorous tax or market-based trading program,” said Cathann Kress, vice president of agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Featured experts: Cathann Kress, vice president of agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State’s Stone Lab

Climate change taboo topic for many farmers, but not weather patterns

The Columbus Dispatch

August 28, 2018

... Since the late 1990s, farmers in Ohio have had to adapt to climate change. It’s now warmer and there’s more precipitation compared with years past, researchers confirm, affecting everything from how they control pests to the amount of time farmers have to plant.

“There have always been weather issues. If you look at every generation, you can look at a couple key moments ... it’s romanticized pretty easily,” said Aaron Wilson, senior research associate for the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State University. “Milestones in our life are marked by those events.”

Featured expert: Aaron Wilson, senior research associate, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center